QUOTES AND SNIPPETS

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Digital literacy


Knowledge building


human knowing is fundamentally a social act (Wenger) and creativity a social act (Matt Moore)
To understand the inputs into and impacts from social media, we have to see these invisible ecologies of creation that form & reform. These ecologies have long pre-dated the internet but now we see them more. To repeat, co-creation is not an option, it is the default...
via (Andy Roberts)

Open Source


``severe effort of many converging wills''
Cathedral and Bazaar, Eric Raymond

Social Tools


"...we are amateurs on the Web, although there's plenty of room for professionals as well. But we are not replicating the mainstream media. We're building something new. We're doing it together. Its fundamental elements are not bricks of content but the mortar of links, and links are connections of meaning and involvement. We're creating an infrastructure of meaning, miscellaneous but dripping with potential for finding and understanding what matters to us. We're building this for one another. We're doing it by and large for free, for the love of it, and for the joy of creating with others. That makes us amateurs. And that's also what makes the Web our culture's hope." David Weinberger

Architecture

Quote:
"Images in the 20th century had a unique power, where image became divorced from reality, and often more important than reality. ... Buildings were judged -- at least by members of our own profession -- more by the way they looked in magazines than by the satisfaction people felt when using them."
Author: Alexander, Christopher
Category: architecture
Attribution: Christopher Alexander, U.S. architect. The Nature of Order
http://www.archiquotes.info/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=153

Quote:
High buildings have no genuine advantages, except in speculative gains for banks and land owners. They are not cheaper, they do not help create open space, they destroy the townscape, they destroy social life, they promote crime, they make life difficult for children, they are expensive to maintain, they wreck the open spaces near them, and they damage light and air and view.
Author: Alexander, Christopher
Category: skyscrapers
Attribution: Christopher Alexander, U.S. architect. A Pattern Language, “Four-Story Limit,” Oxford University Press (1977).
In the 21st of Alexander’s 252 “patterns” for towns, buildings, and construction.

Jazz

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Searched by Aiden, you can do a comparison/metaphor approach between jazz (music) and learning/education

Quote:
Playing “bop” is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
Author: Ellington, Duke
Category: jazz
Attribution: Duke Ellington (1899–1974), U.S. jazz musician. Look (New York, Aug. 10, 1954).
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/quotations/quote/29454


Quote:
Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz it’s like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
Author: King, B.B.
Category: jazz
Attribution: B.B. King (b. 1925), U.S. blues guitarist. Sunday Times (London, Nov. 4, 1984).
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/quotations/quote/42758

Quote:
It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.
Author: Mills, Irving
Categories: music and musicians; jazz
Attribution: Irving Mills (1894–1985), U.S. songwriter. “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” Mills Music, Inc. (1932).
Music composed by Duke Ellington (1899-1974).

[Aiden: this quote ryhmes, and true enough, jazzing up your class activities using web tools give do give 'em the swing- the motivation the students need to swing/fly high]


Quote:
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.
Author: Parker, Charlie
Categories: music and musicians; jazz
Attribution: Charlie Parker (1920–1955), U.S. jazz musician. quoted in Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain, “Afterwords,” sct. 3, ed. Michael Horovitz (1969).
[Aiden: I like this saying- the same thing with learning using technology, there's no boundary unless a teacher puts it there.]

Quote:
A real leader faces the music, even if he doesn't like the tune.
~ Anon
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzquotes.php
[Aiden: Teachers need to engage in professional development; they need to look around at what students do outside the classroom; learn how to use the gadgets Ss use, and make good use of them to aid their learning.]

Quote:
Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread--without it, it's flat.
~ Carmen McRae, http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzquotes.php
[Aiden: technology in learning makes the whole learning process interesting and fun- not flat]

Quote:
Imitate, assimilate, and innovate.
~ Clark Terry, http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzquotes.php

[the same for teachers--innovate! Aiden]

Learning should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned.
Taylor Caldwell, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/taylorcald186293.html